What are GICs?

Global Impact Challenges are annual competitions held in partnership with sponsor organizations worldwide and organized by geography and theme. These Challenges identify outstanding entrepreneurs, leaders, scientists, and engineers with the most innovative ideas for moonshot innovations and startups that can positively impact a billion people in 10 years. The winner of each Challenge receives a full sponsorship to attend one of Singularity University’s transformational programs.


Why Host a GIC?

  • Catalyze innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystems around the world
  • Scale the number of people with abundance mindsets who will shape humanity’s future
  • Identify hyper-talented innovators who have potential to solve your region’s—and perhaps the world’s—biggest challenges

“I’m always amazed with the creativity we unleash by asking a diverse group of super-talented people to work on something that really matters. For me personally, hosting GIC’s is a great joy to pass on the amazing and life altering experience I had at Singularity University when I was there as a student in the summer of 2010.”

– Anders Hvid

Dr. Dhesi Raja

GIC success story

2015 Malaysia GIC winner: Dhesi Raja

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How to Apply to Organize a GIC

  1. Review the GIC Organizer FAQ.
  2. When you’re ready to apply, please complete the SingularityU Leadership GIC application form.
  3. We’ll review and process your application and advise you if there is any additional information we need from you during the review process.

In the meantime, thank you for your interest in organizing a GIC. We look forward to reading your application!


The role of the GIC organizer is to execute the GIC, which includes identifying & recruiting sponsors, launching the Challenge, mentoring GIC applicants, and involving other past program participants to help with GIC promotion and application evaluation.

In order to be a GIC organizer, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be over the age of 18.
  • Be a Singularity University past program participant. On a case-by-case basis, we welcome leaders who have not gone through an SU program.
  • Be interested in making global impact by contributing to regional solutions.
  • Be a person with an ability to persuade potential sponsors to fund the GIC, evaluate challenge submissions, mentor competition finalists, and produce events.

If a GIC organizer role is already taken and you would like to participate in organizing the GIC please email [email protected] and we will connect you with the GIC organizer.

We expect you, as a GIC organizer, to sign the agreement if you are able to commit time to organize the Challenge and you should sign the contract before you approach willing sponsors. It takes approximately 100 hours to execute a GIC from start to finish.

The Challenge descriptions and application forms are hosted on SU’s GIC web page, and each country has an individual Challenge page. GIC organizing teams will receive admin access to customize and maintain their respective Challenge pages. Note: Each GIC page MUST be in English.

A Challenge can be launched at any point during the year. The Challenge application window is usually 6-10 weeks. All winners should be announced at least 8 weeks before the start of the SU program that the winners will be attending. This will allow the winners to have ample time to prepare and get the required travel documentation to visit the US.

Tracking and review is handled on the online Slideroom platform hosted on the GIC web page.

Each GIC organizer sets up their own review committee to evaluate GIC applications. The reviewing committee needs to include the GIC organizing team and/or alumni.

The application review process happens in 2-3 phases. The first phase involves the review of all applications to identify the top 10-20 applicants. In the second phase, the GIC local team and SU HQ will review these applicants to determine 5-10 finalists. During the third stage, finalists will make presentations at the pitch event, and the committee will select the winner. Each applicant must be reviewed by at least 2-3 reviewers.

The GIC organizer identifies an appropriate panel of judges (which may include the organizer) comprising senior representatives of the entrepreneurship, business, or innovation community relevant to the Challenge theme and/or SU staff and faculty. SU reserves the right to veto the decision of the judge’s panel if SU determines that the winner selected by the judge’s panel has not met admission criteria for participation in the SU program to be attended by the winner(s).